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Artist Spotlight: Sage Studios

Artist Spotlight: Sage Studios

Sage Churchill-Foster, Walworth, NY

For the past 20 years Sage has worked professionally as a scientific glassblower by day and spent evenings and weekends creating art. She lives and works in Wayne County, NY and cannot remember a time when she wasn’t making something - creating art is her addiction. Her glass work draws inspiration from nature, motherhood, family and science. Before she found her calling in glass, she worked in all forms of art including metals, photography, ceramics and painting.

Describe Your Work
I hand-blow glass in an open flame to create art and functional glass.

How did you get started in the crafts business?
I went to school for metals and jewelry and upon graduation I applied for a job at a local scientific glass shop to screen print graduations on cylinders. When I got there for the interview they told me they had filled the position. Before I could get out the door they asked if I wanted to learn to blow glass. That was 20 years ago and I have been blowing glass in a scientific and art atmosphere since then. About 10 years ago I started selling my art online and at craft shows.

How long have you been wholesaling?
Two years.

What are your top 3 marketing methods for reaching new buyers?
Trade and craft shows like AH and ACC Baltimore. Emailing leads researched online. Visiting galleries, shops and word of mouth.

What percentage of your business is Wholesale? Retail? Commission, etc.?
About 50/50 wholesale and retail.

How has IndieMe helped your business?
It provides a good platform to showcase my work.

What advice do you have for new craft artists?
Don't undervalue your work. It is often worth more than you think.

What advice do you have for new craft galleries?
Seek out new and upcoming artists and don't be afraid to take a chance on weird stuff.

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